Natania Meeker

Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3172
Office: THH 342



  • B.A. Comparative Literature (French and German), University of Chicago, 1/1993
  • Ph.D. French literature and philosophy, Duke University, 1/2000

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Associate Professor, French and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 01/2009-  
    • Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian, University of Southern California, 08/2006-12/2008  
    • Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian, University of Southern California, 08/2000-07/2006  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Natania Meeker's interests include materialism, feminist philosophy, the development and reception of Epicureanism in France, libertine literature and thought, vegetal ontology, and decadent rewritings of the ancien régime. She is the author of Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment (Fordham University Press, 2006). She is currently working on a monograph tentatively entitled Illusion Without Error: Epicurean Femininities in Ancien Régime France. She is also co-authoring, with Antonia Szabari, a book on The Animated Plant from Early to Late Modernity.


    • Meeker, N. (2006). Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment. New York: Fordham University Press.
    • Meeker, N., O'Barr, J., DeLamotte, E. (1997). Women Imagine Change: A Global Anthology of Women's Resistance, 600 B.C.E. to the Present. New York: Routledge.

    Book Chapter
    • Meeker, N. (2014). "Sade at the End of the World". Sade's Sensibilities pp. 119-140. Lewsiburg, PA: Bucknell University Press.
    • Meeker, N. (2012). "Engendering Epicurean Modernities: Epicurean Women from Lucretius to Rousseau". Dynamic Reading pp. 133-161. New York NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Meeker, N. (2009). "Sexing Epicurean Materialism in Diderot". (Vol. 12). pp. 85-104. Oxford/Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century.
    • Meeker, N. (2004). "Sade contre Freud: Stanley Kubrick reevalue le sujet libertin". pp. 259-274. Lire Sade/Editions l'Harmattan.
    • Meeker, N. (2003). "Les troubles du lecteur selon La Mettrie". pp. 243-255. Des Alexandries II. Les metamorphoses du lecteur/Editions Bibliotheque nationale de France.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Meeker, N. (2006). "Eighteenth-Century France". (Gaetan Brulotte and John Phillips, Ed.). pp. 481-488. Vol. 1. Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature/Taylor & Francis.

    • Meeker, N., Szabari, A. (2014). "Who Will Remember Us?: Plants and the Archive". pp. 151-154. Oxford Literary Review.
    • Meeker, N., Szabari, A. (2012). "Strawberries on Life Support". Los Angeles Review of Books.
    • Meeker, N. (2011). "Eighteenth-Century Arts of Love". pp. 110-115. Eighteenth-Century Life.
    • Meeker, N. (2007). "My Sade" (review essay). pp. 667-671. Eighteenth-Century Studies/Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Journal Article
    • Meeker, N., Szabari, A. (2012). "From the Century of the Pods to the Century of the Plants: Plant Horror, Politics, and Vegetal Ontology". Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Vol. 34 (1)
    • Meeker, N. (2012). "Libertine Lucretius". Rivista di storia della filosofia. Vol. 2012 (2), pp. 225-239.
    • Meeker, N. (2007). "'Flowers Strewn on the Way to Volupte': The Materialist Tropes of La Mettrie". The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation/Texas Tech UP. Vol. 48 (3), pp. 245-262.
    • Meeker, N., Thompson, H. (2007). "Introduction: Empiricism, Substance, Narrative". The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation/Texas Tech University Press. Vol. 48 (3), pp. 183-186.
    • Meeker, N. (2006). "'I resist it no longer': Enlightened Philosophy and Feminine Compulsion in _Therese philosophe_". Eighteenth-Century Studies/Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. 39.3, pp. 363-376.
    • Meeker, N. (2006). "Lire et devenir: The Embodied Reader and Feminine Subjectivity in Eighteenth-Century France". The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation/Texas Tech UP. Vol. 47 (1), pp. 39-57.
    • Meeker, N. (2003). "'All Times are Present to Her'": Femininity, Temporality, and Libertinage in Diderot's 'Sur les femmes'". Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies/Florida State UP. Vol. 3 (2), pp. 68-100.
    • Meeker, N. (1995). "Rethinking the Universal, Reworking the Political: Postmodern Feminism and the Enlightenment". Women in French Studies/Association of Women in French Studies. Vol. 3 (1995), pp. 21-33.

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students, 2013-2014   
    • Provost's Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant, 2008-2009   
    • USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute Fellowship, Fall 2006   
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC General Education Teaching Award for Arts and Letters 100, 2005-2006   
    • USC Innovative Teaching Award, USC CET Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award, 7/2005-7/2006  
    • Camargo Foundation Residential Grant, 1/2004-6/2004  
    • Clark Library Short-Term Fellowship, Fall 2003   
    • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, 7/2001-7/2002  
    • Chateaubriand Fellowship, 1996-1997